North Shore Aspect RM

North Shore Aspect RM

$ 1,499.00 USD

Brief Description

The North Shore RM Aspect and Aspect LV are the highest quality rotomolded touring kayaks in the 14'-15' size range. They have the same skeg system as the late model (2011 and newer) Valley sea kayaks, and an ergonomic keyhole cockpit which combined with its low rear deck makes rolling super easy (even hand rolls). Aspect RM's achieve good speed for kayaks in the 14'-15' length, and they are highly maneuverable. The Aspect is a good choice for touring on slow moving rivers, as well as coastal rock gardening and surf conditions. Aspect is versatile enough for both entry-level enthusiasts to learn in and advanced paddlers who want to play rough. Athletic and adventurous users will really appreciate the Aspect because it won't limit them the way rec. kayaks in this price range and size would. The RM Aspect comes in two sizes: RM Aspect and RM Aspect LV - designed to fit different sized paddlers.

Detailed Description

In comparison to a RM Alchemy 14L and Alchemy 14S, the RM Aspect and Aspect LV have longer waterlines which we find makes the Aspects slightly faster, and the Valley (VCP) hatches on the Aspect are both dryer and easier to open and close than the Alchemy's.

Aspects have moderately soft chines and shallow 'V' hull which give predictable and responsive handling with good tracking, yet because it's only 14 1/2' long it's also very maneuverable. Aspect carves quickly when you edge it on the go. Aspect's blend of moderate primary stability and high secondary stability build confidence at edging to carve turns. This could be a great first kayak to learn in or a fun play boat for experienced paddlers to add to their quiver (also a good loaner kayak when you want to take a friend along).

Although it's possible to do an occasional weekend trip in a RM Aspect, the kayaks are primarily designed for adventurous day trips. If you want kayak for day trips that include rock garden paddling or surfing in a touring kayak, a plastic Aspect is the top choice. Aspect's are easy to roll, and their size in an advantage at pool sessions too). If you are looking for your first sea kayak and can't even afford a roto-molded Tempest - you'll be way better off with a plastic RM Aspect than a cheap glass kayak (new or used in this price range).

As a rough guide, we find:
The Aspect LV is best suited for paddlers 5' 4" to 5'10", 120-190 lbs
The Aspect is best suited for paddlers 5' 10" to 6'4", 180 - 240 lbs

With the exception of a day hatch, Aspects come standard with the latest features you would expect to only see in a full-on bigger sea kayak (i.e. retractable skeg, recessed deck fittings & safety lines, rubber hatches, adjustable back rest, compass recess). The Aspect's retractable skeg* has a precise, smooth slider bar/cable control. They have a well designed keyhole cockpit with good hip and knee braces, and a comfortable back band that adjusts. Both hatches are Valley (VCP) brand rubber hatches that seal like food containers. VCP hatches are widely considered the best kayak hatches on the market.

*A skeg looks like the fin on the bottom of a surf board except on sea kayaks this skeg is designed to retract into a trunk on the bottom of the hull. With the skeg up, the kayak has it's natural maneuverability; put the skeg down and the kayak tracks straight even in side wind conditions where most kayaks without rudders weathercock (turn up wind). This combination of good hull design and a retractable skeg are fast making rudders (and all their problems and limitations) obsolete on sea kayaks (at least for people who know how to paddle).

Call the Kayak Academy to arrange a demo.

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FEATURES (All models come standard with: retractable skeg, F & R hatches and F & R Day hatches, 3 bulkheads, recessed deck fittings, perimeter safety lines.)
*North Shore Aspect LV Rotomolded 14'3" 23.5" 11.0"   48 5'4"-5'10" 120-190 VCP rubber hatches - 10" Round Front & Oval Rear
*North Shore Aspect Rotomolded 14'9" 23.5" 12"   50 5'10"-6'4" 180-240 VCP rubber hatches - 10" Round Front & Oval Rear

Special Shipping Required

Kayaks are excluded from our free shipping policy. Sea kayaks are expensive to ship and prone to being damaged. We recommend picking them up at our shop. If needed, we can provide contact info for specialty boat hauling businesses so you to arrange your own FOB shipping.